Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hi! These vegetables look good. - And a crate of potatoes, too. - Great. We already told you, religious wording isn't allowed on your sign. - But isn't it just a sign? - Just give up. You're taking it down today! Shut up and take it down! This is going too far. Saying "Gift From Heaven" is against the rules. - Come on, take it down. - Take it down! It's bound to happen. Hey, what's going on over there? I don't know. Let's go have a look. "New Policy on Sinicization of Christianity." It's the CCP persecuting religious faith. Everybody, come over and have a look. The central government issued a new notice, "New Policy on Sinicization of Christianity." Get a good look, then go and spread the news. What does it say? Can you read it? Read it for yourself. The Chinese national flag must be displayed in a place of prominence in all Christian public places. Even the churches have to do it? Hey. It's the Religious Affairs Bureau! Quick! Hurry! Don't go down! The Religious Affairs people are here again. - Can't be anything good. - Hey, not now. Where is Pastor Xue? He didn't come. He is not here yet. What did I tell you last time? The national flag, and portraits of Chairman Mao and Chairman Xi must be hung in all churches. Why aren't they? Get them up soon! Director Shi, the constitution doesn't say we have to hang Chairman Xi's portrait. Isn't displaying an atheist leader's image asking us to worship idols? Exactly. I feel the same way. The Bible says we can only worship God, not idols, so you— I don't care what it says in the Bible. You believers in China have to follow national policy and the government's orders. If you don't hang Chairman's portraits like the government says, you are breaking the law, and your church will be closed! - What? - Pastor Xue … - No. It's unfair. - We haven't broken the law. What gives the government that right? - Exactly. They are right about that. - They're so unreasonable. Pastor Xue is here. Director Shi, it's not that we don't respect national policy. The church is a place of worshiping God. Is that appropriate to hang the Chairman's portrait. This isn't the Great Hall of the People. That's right. Now, imagine, if foreigners came and saw portraits of national leaders in the church, and went and told others, wouldn't that harm the Communist Party's "great and honorable, correct" image? Chairman Xi doesn't believe in God. He believes in Marxist atheism. You Party members can worship him like God if you want to. We worship the Lord Jesus, and you shouldn't limit our religious freedom. Exactly. It's not right. Hanging the portrait is a hallmark of sinicized Christianity. Other churches have it up, and you have to do the same. This is nationwide. And doesn't it say in the Bible that those in power are established by God? You must obey those who are in power. This is also obeying God. You must understand that. What churches abroad display pictures of their national leaders? - That's right. - Yeah, who does that? Isn't this an absurd demand? I just can't believe this. - That's right. -Yeah. I don't care what churches do abroad. Having faith in China means hanging Chairman Xi's portrait. This is national policy. Churches that don't are all sealed and banned! - What? - Banned? Go hang it up! Go on! Now! Director Shi, this isn't an urgent matter. I need to discuss this with everyone. No! If it's not done today, the church will be closed! On what basis? This is tyrannical! - That's true. - That's not okay. - Hurry it up! Hang it up now! - This is ridiculous. Pastor Xue, we … - Do it right now! - Fine, I'll do it. - Hang it higher! Straighter! - Come on! Just sit down. It's fine. - Hang it up. - Fine, I'll do it, right now. Pastor Xue, we can't hang this. Yeah, we can't do that. This is an offense to the Lord. It is. The government wants us to. What choice do I have? You can go, I'll do it. Hang it, unless you don't care, if we close. Hang it higher! Straighter! It's still crooked! Weren't these hymnals confiscated? Do you sing the national anthem here? Yes, of course. Alright, then sing it right now. Let's hear how well you sing it. Sing it. Right now, sing! Brothers and sisters, sing along with me. - Let's all sing with Pastor Xue. - Sing together. You sing along too! Not loud enough! Again! Pastor Xue, we're flying the flag and singing the national anthem, we are talking about the spirit of the 19th National People's Congress and Xi Jinping's thoughts. This is ridiculous! Is this still belief in the Lord? - No. - It's not. Isn't this just belief in the Communist Party? Yes. The Party's demolishing churches, and taking down crosses, they're arresting and persecuting Christians. They want to fully eradicate Christianity. Exactly. And we've just submitted to them. Isn't that being foolish? - Right. - It is. I think we brought this on ourselves. I joined the Three-Self Church in the first place because I was afraid and timid. I thought it would let me believe in the Lord Jesus, that I'd have government protection. I never thought the Communist Party was just buying itself time! Exactly. Never mind taking down crosses, now we have to sing the anthem, raise the flag, and hang Xi Jinping's portrait. The CCP is finally showing its ugly face. It's true. They're using religion itself as a vessel to eliminate faith! - It is. - That's exactly right. You know she's right. We have become Communist Party's slaves! When I sang, "Rise up, those who would not be slaves," inside me, inside, I felt a rage rise up like a fire. We should stand up and refuse to be the Communist Party's slaves! We have to say no to them! - Right. - Yes! - We won't be slaves! - we should. - They can't do that to us! - Give them an inch and they'll take a mile. They've bullied us to this point. They're trying to wipe out our faith! Exactly. If I can't practice my faith at church, I'll do it at home. With services like this, I'm not coming anymore. - Let's go. - This is humiliating. Brothers and sisters … Brothers and sisters, I understand how you're feeling, but my hands are tied! What is the Communist Party? An atheist revolutionary party. If you don't listen, they won't just put you in prison, they'll actually kill you! Look at all those house churches. All they know how to do is bear a cross. They would rather do time than join Three-Self. Yes. Especially Eastern Lightning. So many have been sentenced, or crippled or killed from beatings. Does the Lord really approve of that kind of faith? If you're persecuted to death before you gain life, does that glorify God? Can you enter the kingdom of heaven that way? No. We hide under the Three-Self Church because we have no other choice. The Lord Jesus teaches us, When we raise the flag and sing the anthem, we are being wise. The Lord sees inside our hearts. As long as we don't deny His name or betray Him, and stay strong to the end, we will be saved! - Amen! - Yes. Pastor Xue is doing all this so he can protect the church. If this church gets shut down, where are we going to gather? I think we should all listen to him. We need to be wise in dealing with the CCP. There is no other way for us to save our church. Worshiping idols here in the church is an offense to the Lord. That's exactly what it is. Pastor Xue, obeying the CCP is a mistake. How about we consider the house church path? Wait. What? Consider being a house church? That's a dead end! You want to do time? To believe in the Lord from a jail cell? That's foolish. Alright, thank you. Here, I'll take a screen protector. You got it. Crazy times we live in, huh? The churches have the flag up now. Yea, a day I passed a Buddhist temple, and I saw the monks carrying around a flag and doing a flag-raising ceremony. They even saluted it! We've sunk to worshiping the king of devils and Satan in our church. If this goes on, and the Lord returns, can we be taken up into the kingdom of heaven? Since joining Three-Self it's been one wrong step after another. Slow down. The hunter came to the forest and all the animals ran away, but two were caught. They didn't get away in time. Guess which ones! The tortoise? Right. Guess what was the other one? I don't know. Silly, it was the ostrich. Why was it the ostrich? Because ostriches are cowards, they stuck their heads in the sand. This is a nationwide policy. All the churches in the country have to take down their crosses. If you don't take it down, we'll tear down your church! What gives you the right to do this? Why are you taking down our cross? Enough! Tell me why? Sit down! Not loud enough, again. Hello, Mrs. Zhang. - Hello! - Hi kids. - Brother Meng, Brother Song. - Brother Zhang. Good to see you. Welcome! We were at an impasse. And so we had to go. We've all heard Religious Affairs is forcing churches to raise the flag and sing the anthem. I imagine that you could never accept that. Yeah. The CCP made us join Three-Self, and I could compromise. You may laugh at me, I joined out of fear. I admit. But the flag and the anthem? How is that belief in the Lord? Yeah. I could deal with forbidding us from preaching Revelation or receiving the Lord's return, but they want us to worship the king of devils. I just can't accept that. Thanks be to the Lord! You've finally awakened. Practicing faith in Three-Self means you're Satan's puppets. Satan controls you. Yeah. Here, have a seat. The CCP's claim of religious freedom is just to deceive people. Its demonic face is revealed. If we still can't wake up, are we really people of faith? It violated our consciences. I finally see the CCP's truly hateful, and does resists God. I won't be enslaved by Satan anymore. Being in Three-Self means believing in name only, you don't follow the Lord.